Ode to Joystick
Three new NYC bars with vintage arcade games
Raise your hand if it?s been approximately 900 years since you stood behind a six-foot-tall, fuzzy-screened cabinet to try and save Pauline from Donkey Kong.
It wasn?t on your TV. It wasn?t on your phone. It was a special place you visited--the arcade.
Luckily, New York is hopping with three new spots catering to this very nostalgic need. Here?s where to go.
Barcade Imagine a chill dive bar with Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris and Space Invaders lining the walls. A Williamsburg location has been open for some years, but Manhattanites no longer have to fight the L train to get in a turn. This fall Barcade opened two new locations: one in Chelsea (24th Street and Seventh Avenue) and the other in Astor Place (St. Mark?s Place and Third Avenue).
Half & Half Want some ?Motown Philly? with your Mortal Kombat? Hit up the Hudson Hotel in Columbus Circle and visit its latest, highly entertaining concept, Half & Half. Part arcade, part dance hall, all throwback. But the secret genius of this place: the food. Expect basement-party favorites like seven-layer dip, ?cold pizza? and birthday cake (any damn day of the year).